Logan County E-NEWS

Tuesday, June 19, 2012                                        Issue# 3 - 22

Logan County Farm Service Agency              Phone: (217) 735-5508 Ext. 2

1650 5th St                                                                Fax      : (217) 732-9916

Lincoln, IL    62656                                               Hours: M-F, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm


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Topics Covered:

·         Crop Certification Deadline

·         ACRE Production Deadline

·         Unauthorized mowing of CRP

·         Drought Monitor

·         2012 COC Nominations


2012 Crop Certification Deadline

*July 15th is the deadline to certify your crops and CRP*

All crops are required to be certified by July 15th.  Filing an accurate and timely acreage report for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, can prevent loss of benefits for farm programs (MAL’s, DCP, ACRE, CRP, SURE).    

v  CRP participants must annually certify CRP acreage and approved cover has been maintained


2011 ACRE Production Deadline

*July 15th is the deadline to turn in ACRE Production*

ACRE Production must be turned into the office by close of business on July 15th.  Please keep in mind we need yield information on net bushel amounts for the 2011 crop year.  Please contact the office if you have questions.




Unauthorized mowing of CRP: April 15th - August 1st

Unauthorized treatment on CRP acres such as mowing, spraying, and burning, during the primary nesting or brood rearing season, April 15th – August 1st, is strictly prohibited.  Noncompliance situations result in payment reductions or contract terminations which can be very costly.



County FSA Committee (COC) Election

June 15 through August 1, 2012, is the period for nominating farmers and ranchers as candidates for the local COC election. FSA encourages all eligible producers to nominate themselves, or another eligible producer, to run for office. Nomination forms (FSA-669-A’s) are available:

·           at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections, and scroll down to the links under “Election Materials” and CLICK “2012 Nomination Form

·           by picking up FSA-669A at your local FSA office

·           by calling or office and requesting FSA-669A be sent to you.

Producer and landowners that are eligible to vote in LAA #2 and who participate or cooperate in FSA programs and are of legal voting age may be nominated to participate in the upcoming County FSA Committee Elections this fall.  Also, organizations representing socially disadvantaged minorities or under-represented groups may also nominate candidates.  Townships in LAA #2 are Eminence, Atlanta, East Lincoln, Oran, Chester, and Aetna.

This is an important time for LAA communities, because county committee members make decisions that have significant effects on you and the area’s agricultural sector as a whole.  Stop in the office in Lincoln, for details on the types of decisions county committee members make.  Or visit the County Committee Elections website to learn more about the County Committee Election process and read over the fact sheets at LINK.

Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 5, 2012.   Dec. 3, 2012 is the last day to return voted ballots to the county office.  Newly elected committee members and alternates take office Jan.1, 2013.  A listing of eligible voters is available for public viewing on our front counter. 


Trivia Question

Q:  Can you rank the crops correctly from 1 being most acres planted to 5 being least acres planted in Logan County 80 years ago?


1 – Corn (136,700 acres)

2 – Oats (60,000 acres)

3 – Wheat (53,200 acres)

4 – Hay (28,400 acres)

5 – Soybeans (5,000 acres)

No successful guesses this time.  Thanks for all who participated though!


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